Genomind Blog

  • Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

    The classic children’s television show Sesame Street will be introducing a new character on the air for the first time in a decade. Her name is Julia – she’s a shy 4-year-old who likes to paint, pick flowers, and play with her friends. Julia also has autism. When presenting Julia on the show, other Muppets will help explain her differences and

  • Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy Discuss the Weight of Mental Illness

    What do Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy have in common? They both have been personally affected by mental illness, and they’ve been advocating for better mental health awareness and treatment. For Close, the catalyst was when her sister came to her and said, “I need your help because I can’t stop thinking about killing myself.” Her sister wasn’t properly diagnosed

  • Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Her Postpartum Depression

    Chrissy Teigen is a model, best-selling cookbook author, TV host and the wife of musician John Legend. She admits she’s an “open book,” but there is one thing she didn’t share publicly until recently – that after giving birth to her daughter, she developed postpartum depression. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, about one in nine women are

  • Exploring Types of Bipolar Disorder

    While bipolar disorder is less well-known than other mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression, it affects a significant number of people across the country and the world. About 5.7 million American adults, or 2.6% of the population, suffer from the disorder in any given year. Beyond the more general information available about bipolar disorder, it’s important to understand the

  • Mental Illness and Heart Disease Are Often Found in the Same Patients

    Mental illness and heart disease are both conditions that affect millions of people in the United States in a given year, but what else do the two have in common? Studies have found that between 17 and 44 percent of patients with coronary artery disease also have major depression. The American Heart Association states that people hospitalized for a heart

  • How Depression Affects Today’s Teen Girls

    According to a recently published study in the journal of Pediatrics, teenage girls in the U.S. may be experiencing more major depressive episodes than boys their age. Scientists have noticed a big jump in the number of teens affected by depressive episodes after 2011, inferring that the rising dependence on social media by this age group may play a role

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: More Than Just Winter Blues

    During this time of year, many people report feeling down due to the change in weather. However, some people struggle specifically with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a subtype of depression related to the change in seasons. Seasonal depression is most likely to occur in the fall and winter, when the weather is cooler and the days are shorter than in the

  • Considering Mental Health Before The New Year

    As the year comes to a close, this time presents a great opportunity to think about your mental health and treatment, if applicable.

  • Five Things to Know About Major Depressive Disorder

    While most people experience periods of sadness or helplessness, a significant part of the population deals with Major Depressive Disorder, a serious mental health condition that needs to be addressed through professional treatment. About 16 million American adults, or nearly 7% of the population, experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Here are five things to know

  • An Eastern and Western Perspective on Personalized Medicine

    In the past several years, there has been a lot of focus on the promise of personalized or precision medicine. As was pointed out at a recent White House summit on the matter, “Until now, most medical treatments have been designed for the average patient. As a result of this one-size-fits-all approach, treatments can be very successful for some patients,